Presidential Election 2004 By: Brittani Berardi & Ali Greenberg
United States' 55th quadrennial presidential election
George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000 and was the current U.S. president Foreign policy was the dominant theme throughout the election campaign, particularly Bush's conduct of the War on Terrorism and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
George W. Bush
Popularity as a wartime president helped consolidate his base, and ward off any serious challenge to the nomination.
Selected Vice President Dick Cheney as his running mate.
Bush focused on two themes: defending America against terrorism and building an ownership society.
Ownership society- allowing people to invest some of their Social Security in the stock market, increasing home and stock ownership, and encouraging more people to buy their own health insurance.
Represented the Democratic Party
U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Running mate was John Edwards
U.S. Senator from North Carolina
Promised to make America "stronger at home and more respected in the world."
Marked the formal end of the active primary election season
Boston from July 26 to July 29, 2004 at the FleetCenter
Kerry made his Vietnam War experience a prominent theme
In accepting the nomination, he began his speech with, "I'm John Kerry and I'm reporting for duty.”
Delivering the convention’s keynote address, Obama set the tone for the party platform
The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses is one of the first steps in the process of electing the President of the United States
Three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate were organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and held in the autumn of 2004.
September 30 at the University of Miami: Foreign Policy
October 5 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio the Vice Presidential debate
October 8, Second Presidential Debate was held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Conducted in a "town meeting" format, less formal than the first Presidential debate
October 13, Third and final debate at Arizona State University
51 million viewers watched the debate which was moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS News
Included civil rights, defense, taxes and spending, social issues, international policy, homeland security, healthcare, environment and energy
Main issue was defense/Iraq war
Bush- Would increase military spending 4.2 percent to $380 billion
Kerry- Invest in new equipment, technology; offer better pay, benefits
Increase Size of Army
Bush- Has not proposed increasing the Army's size
Kerry- Recruit more service members; start Community Defense Svc.
National Missile Defense
Bush- Has ordered limited NMD system deployed by 2004
Kerry- Opposes NMD, supports nonproliferation and arms control
Ohio’s 20 electoral votes gave Bush a victory over Kerry